All you need to know about this Sunday’s Countryfile location: Teign Valley

This Sunday, the team explores this traditional area of south Devon. Read all our walks and days out in this area here. 

Gloucestershire floods

It’s that exciting time of year again, as the Countryfile team launch the photographic competition for 2013.


They will be launching the theme for this year, and the 12 best photographs making up the 2014 calendar, which will be sold in aid of Children in Need. Chris Packham and Jo Brand are on hand with some top tips, and John Craven has all the details on how to enter.

If you’re inspired to pick up your camera, why not get your creative juices flowing with some of our best photography articles?

Find out more here:

How to win the 2012 Countryfile Photographic Competition

Last year, award-winning wildlife photographer Pete Cairns reveals how you can win the Countryfile Photographic Competition – without the need for expensive equipment

Take better photos, St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Head to a well-loved landmark with your camera, and improve your landscape photography with these tips

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012

Charlie Waite offers some top tips for entrants to the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

How to become a great landscape photographer

Celebrated landscape photographer Adam Burton reveals 10 golden rules for taking beautiful photos of the countryside

Landscape Photography Course, Cumbria

Find out what makes the perfect picture on a landscape photography course in the Lake District

Best Places for Landscape Photography in the UK

You don’t have to head abroad to capture dramatic landscapes – here are are a selection of the best places to photograph in the UK.

The rest of the Countryfile team are in the Teign Valley in Devon. Matt Baker is at Castle Drogo, the last castle to be built in England, which is about to undergo one of the National Trust’s biggest ever restoration projects.

Katie Knapman explores the river Teign and sees if a project to clean up the water is having any effect.

Read our article on river health here:

The state of our rivers

Nothing beats a walk along a wildlife-rich river – but not all are as healthy as they seem, says Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust. Here he reveals how we can all help improve water quality

Helen Skelton explores the mystical and magical side of the area. It has inspired artists, musicians and film makers, but will it have any effect on Helen?

Find out more about this area here:

Fingle Bridge, Devon

Follow the beautiful River Teign to Fingle Bridge before visiting Castle Drogo, England’s youngest Castle

Topsham, Devon

This river port town is brimming with history and quirky character, perfect for exploring with your loved one.

Five days to the weekend: Chagford

Looking for a base from which to explore the wild beauty of Dartmoor? Nick Peers profiles this charming little Dartmoor town

Five days to the weekend: East Devon

It’s not only migrating birds who head for East Devon at this time of year, Hannah Foley discovers the best kept secrets of the area.

Five days to the weekend: Totnes

Abigail Whyte reveals why Totnes is the ultimate in Devonshire zest and character

Avocet cruise, Devon

Pack your trusty binoculars and embark on a cruise that separates the birders from the twitchers

Dartmoor, Devon

Ghosts, witches and dragons: walkers looking for some scary stories should head for Dartmoor

Holyford Woods, Devon

Explore idyllic woodland, a treasure trove of nature for children to investigate

Bantham, Devon

Explore an old smugglers’ haunt on the South Devon coast, then explore a sublime estuary rich in birdlife

Tarka Line, Devon

Discover one of Britain’s most scenic railway lines in the heart of Tarka’s Devon

Greenway, Devon

Explore south Devon’s beautiful River Dart valley on foot and by ferry, and visit Greenway Gardens, holiday home of writer Agatha Christie

Lundy Island, Devon

Britain’s own mini Galapagos, Lundy Island’s wild coastline harbours unique species of flora and fauna.

Meanwhile, John Craven finds out about a community farming scheme called Chagfood.

Read John’s previous columns here:


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